Synonyms and Antonyms of stern
- The army post's stern commander always had the utmost respect of those who served under him.
adamant, callous, hardened, hard-hearted, hard-line, immovable, implacable, inflexible, merciless, pitiless, relentless, rock-ribbed, stiff, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unsparing, unyielding
- A stern receptionist took our names without even looking up.
fixed, hard, hardened, hardheaded, immovable, implacable, inflexible, ironhanded, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, self-willed, set, stiff, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful)
Synonym Discussion of stern
- severe military discipline
- stern arbiters of public morality
- living an austere life in the country
- the ascetic life of the monks
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up stern? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).